Tall stack of the best-ever pecan pie bars

We’re less than 24 hours away from the biggest food day of the year, when our stomachs face off against tryptophan and our skinny jeans get the heave-ho in favor of sweatpants. Are you ready?


Pecan Pie Bars

I’m just about to board a plane to head home to San Diego, where my parents have been feverishly at work ironing table runners, writing place cards, and preparing to welcome a dozen family members and friends at our Turkey Day table. The infrared turkey fryer has been fetched from its spot in the garage. The 24-Hour Salad is on hour 14. And the Pumpkin Bars are ready for slicing.


Pecan Pie Bars

There is a whole lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, as it’s been a crazy amazing couple of weeks. I was able to share with you the news about the release of my book, and just last Friday my sister learned she’d passed the California State Bar Exam (high-five for free legal advice for life!). I made these Pecan Pie Bars in her honor. Get it? Bar exam … Pecan Pie Bars … in her honor. Oh boy.


Pecan Pie Bars

Ever since writing the book, I’ve discovered my affinity for food puns has reached that delicate line between hilariously witty and seriously annoying. But at least I’m sparing you the physical pain of dealing with pastry dough, because these bars pack the classic pecan pie flavor sans all the chilling, rolling and blind-baking that accompanies a golden brown crust. And in the event you’re wondering just how you’ll have enough room for dessert after feasting on turkey, stuffing and sides, you can learn to gorge like a legit professional in my latest Gourmet Live article, A Competitive Eater’s Guide to Thanksgiving Overeating.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and all of your favorite foods!

Pecan Pie Bars

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Pecan Pie Bars

The Best Pecan Pie Bars! Buttery shortbread crust and chewy pecan pie filling make this the ultimate holiday dessert.
4.86 from 49 votes
Pecan Pie Bars
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 12 servings


For crust:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For topping:

  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 9x13-inch pan with foil, leaving enough for a 2-inch overhang on all sides.
  • First make the crust by creaming together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly.
  • Press the crust into the foil-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • While the crust bakes, prepare the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar, honey and heavy cream in a saucepan and stirring it over medium heat. Simmer the mixture for 1 minute, then stir in the chopped pecans.
  • Remove the crust from the oven and immediately pour the pecan filling over the hot crust spreading it to cover the entire surface.
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pan and allow the bars to fully cool in the pan.
  • Use the foil overhang to lift out the bars and transfer them to a cutting board. Peel off the foil, slice into bars and serve.
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Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 107mg, Potassium: 149mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 2mg

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  1. I will be making these (again) tomorrow for our annual chili cook-off at our cabin by the river. I first made them 2 years ago at the last minute on a whim. OMG-they were a huge hit and my daughter and sisters made them for themselves within the week! Excited to eat them this weekend. *Great with chili!*

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy to make and very satisfying. Perfect mix of sweet and savory. Will be making again for Christmas bags. Thank you!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe for pecan pie bars I have found. The bars always receive raves and are a frequent request for me to bring to pot lucks.

  4. 5 stars
    I have made these a few times now and they are constantly the hit of the party.
    Cannot get over how amazing they and super simple to make.
    I sent them to my parents over the holidaze and will do it again next year.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. I just made it for the second time, and this time I substituted vegan butter, oat milk, and almond flour because I was making it for a friend with dietary restrictions. These swaps essentially turned these cookie bars into CANDY!! The best candy.

    Not sure which way I prefer at this point, but wow!

      1. 5 stars
        Delicious bars and so easy!! Made them again today but used a 10X15X1 inch pan. I like the bars a little thinner. Everyone loves them ! I will be using this recipe quite often.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is the big hit! I made these for little holiday gifts to neighbors, friends, and families and received a lot of compliments. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    5 stars.

    Have made these 4 times now.
    The only thing I recommend is 3 to 5 minutes less baking time on the crust.
    And add a dash of vanilla to the pecan mixture.

    Best bars I have ever had.

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